The Old Vine Festival

A cultural, culinary, and enological nod to the 450 year-old Guinness record holder, the oldest grapevine on earth.

 

The world’s oldest grapevine is the pride of Maribor and Štajerska

Come one, come all to these evenings of wining and dining, replete with concerts, a bustling market of attractive local produce and products, a traditional rafter’s baptism, and countless fall activities in Maribor and its surroundings.

The city will be abuzz leading up to the ceremonious harvesting of the oldest grapevine on the planet, as Maribor celebrates the very symbol of Slovenian winemaking. Come check out the events, mingle, snack, sip, and party to your heart’s content!

The Festival Program

Thursday, 29 September 2022

5 PM, From the Koblarejv Zaliv Bay - EVENT CANCELLED
🍇 A traditional raft ride down the Drava River to the Old Vine House at Lent
Festival price:  €18/person

7 PM, at the Old Vine House
🍇 Wine and Culinary Experience with Sommeliers and Gostilna Grič by Andrej Smogavc
Price:  €35/person

Friday, 30 September 2022

Ulica škofa Maksimilijana Držečnika street
🍇Exhibition “A Vine for Eternity"
FREE

10 AM to 6 PM – Glavni Trg Square - EVENT CANCELLED
🍇 Market “Flavors of Štajerska"
Local providers, great music, engaging workshops for kids

7 PM, at the Old Vine House
🍇 A night of vintages from the region’s young vintners and a concert by rapper Leopold I.
Price:  €5/person

Saturday, 1 October 2022

9 AM to 6 PM – Glavni Trg Square
🍇 Market “Our Finest”
Local providers, great music, engaging workshops for kids

11:30 AM, in front of the Old Vine House
🍇 The 38th traditional rafter’s baptism
FREE

12:30 PM, Glavni Trg Square, Grajski Trg Square, in front of the Old Vine House
🍇 Veterans’ brass band concert
FREE

2:30 PM, at the Old Vine House
🍇 United Veterans of Slovenia Orchestra concert
FREE

4 PM, at the hospitality college/VSGT Maribor
🍇 Masterclass Štajerska’s Wines as Assessed by Decanter World Wine Awards in 2022
Price:  €30/person

7 PM, at the Old Vine House
🍇 An evening of wines recognized by the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022 with cuisine from Restavracija Sedem
A concert by the bend Jannette
Price:  €35/person

Sunday, 2 October 2022

The TOP 5 Things to Do in the City of the World’s Oldest Grapevine

Here are our tips for the TOP wining and dining experiences to complement the spirit of the Old Vine Festival and highlight the delicious food the region’s capital has to offer.

1. A virtual tour of the oldest grapevine on earth
2. Maribor’s Wine Trail
3. A visit to the Vinag wine cellar
4. Wonderful storytelling up to the oldest grapevine on earth
5. A tour of the oldest grapevine’s museum

The events in front of the Old Vine House will take place in tents in all weathers!

We reserve the right to change the programme or the performers.